Google’s Loch Ness Monster

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Google celebrates the Loch Ness Monster with a Doodle on

the anniversary of the publication of the renowed “Surgeon’s Photograph” of the Loch Ness Monster, in the Daily Mail, on April 21 1934 – a photo that was revealed to be a fake by The Sunday Telegraph in 1975.

Surgeon_s-photo_3273486bAccording to the Hoaxes Throughout History website,

a highly respected British surgeon, Colonel Robert Wilson, came forward with a picture (top) that appeared to show a sea serpent rising out of the water of the Loch. . . . For decades this photo was considered to be the best evidence of the existence of a sea monster in the Loch. But Wilson himself refused to have his name associated with it. Therefore it came to be known simply as “The Surgeon’s Photo.”

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